As a child I loved to gaze at flowers, trees and the ocean, indeed all
of nature. My father was an avid gardener who regularly won prizes
for his roses. I have a special affection for flowers, no doubt in part
due to this early influence. Although I always had a yen for creating
things, I grew up believing I didn't have an artistic bone in my body.
In 1984, when making my own "do it yourself" Christmas cards, I
discovered quite by accident that I could not only reproduce scenes
before me, but loved doing it. And so began my life as an artist.
After several years of intense study, I began to exhibit my paintings publicly and privately.
My work has been greatly influenced by the masters -- Turner, Rembrandt, Vermeer and
Monet to name a few. I use oil in their tradition, as I feel it is the best medium to express
On one level my painting style could be described as realism with a dash of impressionism.
However, I paint from an intention to become the voice of my subject. I often will state
that the canvas "sings" when I feel a painting is complete.
Many of my pieces are created over weeks or months, where as many as 20 layers of glazes
may be applied to the canvas. I frequently choose glazing and scumbling techniques for my
paintings, as they build a depth and luminosity which can't be duplicated with the alla
prima ("all at once") painting method. I also lean towards colourism -- brilliant colours and
their complements are characteristic of my work.
My artistic expression is constantly evolving. My development as an artist included a
commission to illustrate a book (see Happily-Retired.com). I discovered another frontier to
explore -- I was asked to produce simple line drawings in a cartoon format ... what fun! I've
also recently expanded my love of drawing to include drawing portraits in graphite pencil
and charcoal (see Portraits).
My life as an artist continues to expand. About 10 years ago I was moved to teach drawing
and painting to others. It is always a real source of joy to me to pass on what I've learned
and to participate in fostering each person's ability to express in their own unique style. I
am certain that if you have a desire to do so, you can learn to express yourself through art.
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